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Ur­ban Rider brings in GP me­chanic to lead their cus­tom bike-build­ing charge

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Ur­ban Rider T100 spe­cial

Ur­ban Rider is fa­mous for mak­ing top-notch rid­ing kit, but now it’s also mak­ing a name for it­self by build­ing dropdead gor­geous cus­tom bikes.

The shop on New King’s Road in Lon­don has drafted in a for­mer Grand Prix me­chanic to make sure their cre­ations are some­thing re­ally spe­cial.

Mario Den­gra, 37, brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the ven­ture, and Ur­ban Rider’s Will Star­rit was thrilled when he man­aged to sign up such a su­per­star span­ner-sor­cerer.

Will said: “I had a W650 street tracker to build and al­ready had some wheels made to fit it, but the build was stalling. I needed it fin­ish­ing quickly and Mario stepped in to help out. He did such a great job in such a short time that he seemed the per­fect per­son to work with us full-time.

“He loves cus­toms and clas­sics and we have a cus­tomer base to tap into, so it made sense to ex­tend our busi­ness to of­fer bike build­ing, ser­vic­ing – any­thing to do with the tech­ni­cal side of main­tain­ing or build­ing bikes.

Ur­ban Rider will do any­thing ex- cept Har­leys – with Warr’s just around the cor­ner Will felt it wouldn’t feel right try­ing to tap into that mar­ket.

Ur­ban Rider are also sell­ing af­ter­mar­ket parts such as head­lights, tail­lights, speedos and in­di­ca­tors, and there’s a dis­play in the shop of qual­ity prod­ucts from RSD, Biltwell, Ren­thal, LSL and Moto Gad­get.

The blue Tri­umph seen here is Ur­ban Rider’s first cus­tomer bike built on-site. It’s based on a new T100 Ltd Edi­tion T214 – the bike Tri­umph pro­duced to cel­e­brate Johnny Allen’s 214.40mph land speed record achieved in Septem­ber 1956.

Will said: “Be­cause the Salt Flats are all about speed and rac­ing, the cus­tomer wanted a full-on café racer – but it had to look like it came out of the fac­tory.”

Rims are Mo­rad, with Su­per­moto Dun­lop Mu­tant tyres – 120/70 x 17 front and 160/60 x 17 rear.

Mario fab­ri­cated the rear loop and set the rear brake light to fol­low the lines of the seat cowl which is a stock part, painted to match the tank.

Ac­ces­sories in­clude a Moto Gad­get speedo; 6.5in head­light with TEC brack­ets; a new seat from Vik­ing Vinyl at Brands Hatch; LSL clip-ons and rearsets. The Ar­row ex­haust was sup­plied by the cus­tomer.

‘Be­cause the Salt Flats are all about speed, the cus­tomer wanted a full-on café racer’

Mario fab­ri­cated a new sub-frame; it’s a far cry from the world of the GP pad­dock

racer Ur­ban Rider’s fin­ished ‘T214’ spe­cial looks ev­ery inch the fac­tory café

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